Cambodia to Host 43rd AIPA General Assembly Later This Week

Cambodia will host the 43rd ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly from Nov. 20 to 25.

Themed “Advancing Together for Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient ASEAN”, the 43rd AIPA General Assembly will be presided over Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia and Chairman of the 43rd AIPA General Assembly.

According to a press release of the NA General Secretariat issued on Nov. 14, the opening ceremony of the General Assembly will be held on Nov. 21 with a welcome royal message by His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.

In the opening ceremony, Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, Cambodian President of Senate, will deliver a welcome address, while Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen will give a keynote speech, and Cambodian NA President Samdech Heng Samrin will deliver the opening remarks, said the source.

High-level dignitaries of the Senate and NA, delegates of AIPA member countries, observer countries, the host’s guests and partner organisations will also join the meeting.

During the General Assembly, there will be meetings of specialised committees, including Executive Committee Meeting, Plenary Meeting, Meeting of Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (WAIPA), Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of AIPA, Political Committee Meeting, Economic Committee Meeting, Social Affairs Committee Meeting and Organising Committee Meeting.

Established on Sept. 2, 1977, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly was originally called the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO), and the title was changed to AIPA in 2006.

AIPA serves as a legislative body of ASEAN member countries who take turn to host this annual event based on alphabetical order of the countries.

Cambodia became a member of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in 1999.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press